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The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) is dedicated to bringing together Iraqi and international civil societies through concrete actions to build together another Iraq, with peace and Human Rights for all.
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ISF Interpretation Team Volunteers Take on Economic and Social Rights

ISF Interpretation Team Volunteers Take on Economic and Social Rights

By ICSSI Secretariat and ISF – October 2017  The Iraqi Social Forum held a specialized training on economic and social rights for its 9 interpretation team volunteers on Saturday, 7 October in Baghdad. The training was given by Wissam Gasab, ISF’s Coordinator of the Economic and Social Rights masar (path), and dealt with explaining the...
Civil Society Enabling Women's Participation in Provincial and District Councils in Iraq

Civil Society Enabling Women’s Participation in Provincial and District Councils in Iraq

In light of the recent adoption of the new law for provincial and district council elections, the Iraqi Women Journalists Forum held a seminar to discuss how best to ensure effective representation of women in these councils given that the new law stipulates that women should make up no less than 25% of the seats...
Locals In Former Extremist Areas Live In Ruins, Cope With Lawless Militias

Locals In Former Extremist Areas Live In Ruins, Cope With Lawless Militias

Mustafa Habib – Niqash At first they celebrated the end of Daesh. But now, unemployed, living in ruins and harassed by self-organised security forces, some Iraqis are no longer feeling so lucky. When Daesh was expelled from the northern city of Mosul, locals there were happy. But now, not so much, says Qassim Badran, a...
First Local Social Forum Activities held in Najaf

First Local Social Forum Activities held in Najaf

From this year forward, the Iraqi Social Forum (ISF) intends to spread the social forum model from Baghdad to other cities in Iraq. The ISF will act as facilitator of local fora, which will join the national initiative. The methodology used will be the same of the World Social Forum, based on the voluntary work...
Invitation to the 4th Season of the Iraqi Social Forum!

Invitation to the 4th Season of the Iraqi Social Forum!

Iraqi Social Forum and The Secretary of Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative – September 2017 Civil society organizations, youth social movements, students, unions, individuals and activists have started organizing the fourth season of the Iraqi Social Forum, entitled “Rights … Peace”! The forum will last 3 days, beginning 30 November 2017 and will be held...
The Iraqi Women Journalists Forum Reviews the Draft Law of Social Insurance

The Iraqi Women Journalists Forum Reviews the Draft Law of Social Insurance

By ICSSI Secretariat – September 2017  On 9th of September, the Iraqi Women Journalists Forum held a seminar in Baghdad to discuss the draft law of social insurance in Iraq, recently submitted to parliament and currently still under discussion. The seminar revealed two distinct responses to the draft law: there is the positive view of...
New Draft Law Threatens Freedom of Expression on the Internet

New Draft Law Threatens Freedom of Expression on the Internet

Iraqi Women Journalist Forum and Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative – 28 August 2017 On 26 August 2017, the Iraqi Women Journalist Forum held a seminar in Baghdad on the draft law on internet censorship. Though no precise date has been announced, this proposed law, the ‘Informatics Crime Law’, is set to be delivered to...
The Perils of Private Education: A Seminar by the Ofok Organization and the ISF

The Perils of Private Education: A Seminar by the Ofok Organization and the ISF

By Ofok Organization and ICSSI Secretariat – 22 August 2017 On 7 August 2017, the Ofok Organization for Human Development organized a seminar entitled “Private schools and their impact on education in Iraq”, for a number of educators and others interested in education issues. During the session, the discussions focused on the positive and negative...
In Hit and Ramadi, Young Volunteers Work for Peaceful Coexistence and Nonviolence

In Hit and Ramadi, Young Volunteers Work for Peaceful Coexistence and Nonviolence

By Iraqi Social Forum and ICSSI Secretariat – August 15, 2017 Now that the Upper Euphrates cities have been liberated from Daesh, they need the attention and cooperation of all. We hope that this region, which has suffered so much, will once again be a key player in the process of restoring peace and coexistence...
Youth Teams in Sulaymaniya Cooperate to Promote Nonviolence as a Means of Social Change

Youth Teams in Sulaymaniya Cooperate to Promote Nonviolence as a Means of Social Change

By Iraqi Social Forum and ICSSI Secretariats – August 12, 2017 On 16-17 July, the Iraqi Social Forum (ISF) organized a training at the Youth Forum Hall in Sulaymaniya called, Nonviolent Facilitation in Society, The training included 10 young Sulaymaniyans, including 5 women. The participants were from the Y-peer Network and X-line Volunteers. These are...
A Camp by Sports Against Violence Brings Together Iraqi Youth

A Camp by Sports Against Violence Brings Together Iraqi Youth

By Iraqi Social Forum and ICSSI Secretariats – August 3, 2017 From 18-20 July, youth gathered in Dokan, Sulaymaniya, to participate in a camp put on by the Sports Against Violence team, in cooperation with the Iraqi Social Forum (ISF). The camp aimed to strengthen and expand communication and collaboration between civil society groups, NGOs...
Eid in Mosul: A Youth Initiative Brings Together People from all over Iraq to Visit Mosul during Eid

Eid in Mosul: A Youth Initiative Brings Together People from all over Iraq to Visit Mosul during Eid

After three years of forced isolation from its motherland imposed by Daesh, Mosul re-emerged this June to celebrate its first Eid since liberation. Many citizens from all governorates of Iraq participated in the celebration which was part of a youth initiative called ‘Eid in Mosul’. The ‘convoy of freedom’, as organizers called the event, was...